newsletter_teaser: If you’re looking for a fresh, effective way to help your group participants move better, why not include foam rolling in your next class? Chances are, some of your attendees are curious and could use some guided instruction.
The use of drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorders among American children and adults is growing, with over 3 million Americans currently managing symptoms by taking stimulants that target the neurochemical dopamine. Effective nondrug methods are needed to help young adults with ADHD. In addition, healthy young people ought to have ways to improve attention without using performance-enhancing drugs.
Before you make your next important decision, consider enjoying 15 minutes of mindful meditation. People who take such a break are more likely to make smarter choices, according to a study reported in Psychological Science (2014; doi: 10.1177/0956797613503853). “We found that a brief period of mindfulness meditation can encourage people to make more rational decisions by considering the information available in the present moment, while ignoring some of the other concerns that typically exacerbate the ‘sunk cost bias,’” said lead study author Andrew C.
In the weeks after the birth of their first child, many women struggle with poor sleep. New research suggests that Pilates practice may improve subjective
sleep quality for women during this important period.
If you feel that “nothing is going your way” and “everyone is against you,” maybe what you need is a few minutes of exercise or relaxation. Either option can reduce the tendency to view new circumstances negatively, according to a study published in PLOS ONE (2014; 9 , e99902).
Educating yoga instructors about eating disorders and offering yoga classes as part of eating disorder prevention programs may help avert these illnesses, according to the author of a review article published in Advances in Eating Disorders: Theory, Research and Practice (2014; 2 , 136–45).
The Pilates magic circle is a versatile, portable and affordable piece of resistance equipment. Originally designed by Joseph Pilates himself, it can enhance just about any workout routine.
newsletter_teaser: The Pilates magic circle is a versatile, portable and affordable piece of resistance equipment. Originally designed by Joseph Pilates himself, it can enhance just about any workout routine.
newsletter_teaser: Many women enjoy the benefits of yoga or other exercise during pregnancy, but then become inactive postpartum--perhaps because they don’t know which activities are safe or appropriate. Later they may find themselves hampered by weaknesses in the pelvic floor and abdominal wall.
What categories of mind-body programs do your facility members really want to see on the schedule, and what classes are best attended? Are clients eager to experience the wide variety of programs available today, ranging from Nia to aquatic exercise to expressive dance? Do fusion programs—blending, for example, Pilates and boxing—attract more interest? Or do clients flock to “pure” yoga or Pilates?
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newsletter_teaser: Generally speaking, the only people in the United States who are taught how to breathe on a wide scale are pregnant women. Modern medicine acknowledges that breathing techniques help to manage fear and panic, to increase focus and also to decrease physical pain in women giving birth. What about others who are in pain or frightened or who need to focus amidst a chaotic situation?